My quest to find the best 15 year old sherried Scotch had led me to a show down between this and the Tamdhu 15. All of this now seems a little moot since Glendronach appears to have had somewhat of a senior moment in regards to public relations, and I really should look at Glengoyne and perhaps Glenallachie as other suitable contenders.
Still, I've reviewed this 're-Revival' previously, which prompted me to pick up another couple of bottles as I enjoyed it the sample that much (90 points). So how will a bottle from 2020 fare?
Review is with a wee splash of water and the bottle has been open about four months with two thirds left.
Nose - rich and spicy with blonde tobacco, old, dry dates, leather, lots of complex ginger notes, a touch of mint and mocha. Prickly.
Taste - Rich mouth-feel, lovely actually - it feels thick! More tobacco, mocha and gingery spices. Some sweetness comes from fresh, sticky dates and a hint of red fruits (cherry syrup?).
Finish - med - long. Pleasant gingery spice, light toffee and some gentle tannins.
This is perhaps a little less enjoyable than the sample I had a couple of years ago but it is still excellent whisky. Not as sweet as one would imagine given the inclusion of both PX and Olorosso casks, and I really like the tobacco and leather notes - they don't dominate in any way (I'm looking at you Benromach ;). Nicely balanced, sherried whisky with a bit of a kick. Yes, please.
@RianC I emailed Glendronach and said I wouldn't be buying any more of their whisky unless they reversed the decision to begin chill-filtering.
Probably won't make a jot of difference but I figured the more people tell them that the more chance they might change their minds.
Anyway this was the nonsense, corporate speech response:
Thank you very much for your email and your interest and support of Glendronach. We hope this email finds you safe and well.
We have removed "Non Chill Filtered" from our packaging to provide the flexibility in our processes to optimise consistently exceptional quality, clarity and stability.
Please be assured that our much-loved whiskies continued to be crafted to the highest standards, and the update marks no change to the taste of our award-winning Single Malts.
All of our Single Malts continue to be of natural cask-imparted colour, expertly selected and married by our Master Blender Rachel Barrie.
Kind Regards The Glendronach Team Please Drink Responsibly.
@OdysseusUnbound - I see your quandary
I really regret not picking up a few of those older 15's when I had the chance.